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After three months of agony and medication I finally had an MRI which has revealed herniated discs L3-L4 and L5-L6 with S1 entrapment.  I have also been told I have muscle atrophy to both legs.  My range of movement is limited and I am unable to walk more than 50 metres.  I am desperate to stay working and wonder if anyone has been able to get financial assistance for things such as help at home with housework and cooking and transport to work?

For my own self worth I need to keep working until the hospital sorts me out.

Any advice please!

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    You could try apply for PIP (Personal Independence Payment) through DWP, it's a lengthy application, you'll need an assessment and then they have to make a decision. You can still work with this benefit, however it might be a small payment due to working, but it's worth a try.
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    Hi

    i get were you are re continuing to work.  I returned two weeks ago on a phased return after being off 4 months.  Iam really fortunate that my employer has been very supportive and have provided equipment that lets me access the network from home,allowing me to write reports from home which reduces the amount of time I need to travel. 

    Guven  the severity of your condition you should make a claim for PIP (previously DLA) as you may qualify for both the care and mobility component.   I recommend you ask a Welfare Ruggts Officer or Social Worker to help you with the form as they know how to word things as people often minimise their difficulties in these forms without realising it which often results in their claim being refused. You can also ask Social Work to undertake a Community Care Assessment which they are obliged to do, however, this does not mean you will receive supports.  Home helps in some areas undertake the tasks you have stated, however, due to cut backs most don't. But worth asking about if you have an assessment.  

    Hope we this helps.  

    Jackie

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    i get were you are re continuing to work.  I returned two weeks ago on a phased return after being off 4 months.  Iam really fortunate that my employer has been very supportive and have provided equipment that lets me access the network from home,allowing me to write reports from home which reduces the amount of time I need to travel. 

    Guven  the severity of your condition you should make a claim for PIP (previously DLA) as you may qualify for both the care and mobility component.   I recommend you ask a Welfare Ruggts Officer or Social Worker to help you with the form as they know how to word things as people often minimise their difficulties in these forms without realising it which often results in their claim being refused. You can also ask Social Work to undertake a Community Care Assessment which they are obliged to do, however, this does not mean you will receive supports.  Home helps in some areas undertake the tasks you have stated, however, due to cut backs most don't. But worth asking about if you have an assessment.  

    Hope we this helps.  

    Jackie

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    Hi 

    sorry re typos in my first posting,  I'm writing this sitting in the garden enjoying the sunshine which makes it hard to read screen.  Either that it's the Medication lol!  

    It should read ask a Welfare Officer......

    Is your doctor/surgeon said what can be done.  I'm waiting to see a Neurosurgeon as Orthopedic Surgeon reckons I need surgery. Hoping my appointment is in the post as referral was seen as urgent.  Been 6 weeks since the referral was made.  

     

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    Thank you for the info.  How I envy you sitting in the garden.  I will look into the PIP.  I've had a look at the form and your right I would have said for instance I didn't need help getting dressed but that isn't true.  It's a long time since I've put socks on or tied shoe laces sad. I would have also said I didn't need any assistance with the bathroom but that isn't true either as I have to stand on a step to get into th bath and how I havent pulled the radiator off the wall using it to get on and off the loo I really don't know!

    i don't have a Welfare. Officer or Social. Worker I've been travelling this journey on my own.  GP didn't think it necessary for an MRI and I gradually made it up th meds to Oramorph but still couldn't cope with the pain and a locum sent me to A and E.  They sent me for the MRI and my GP told me the results but no one seems to know what's happening next.  Seems the GP wants to wait and see if I hear from the hospital. I seem to be in a nuts situation.  I can't cook, I can't bend down to even see what's in the cupboards, I can't drive let alone walk round the shops....this can't be right, surely?i

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    Hi

    I have applied for pip also have got the doctor to do a referral to occupational therapists so they can put in adaptations in the house I am also going to get in touch with adult social services to try and get that help around the house washing ironing cooking and so on which I struggle with so those are lines you could go down plus they could fill all the forms for you

    Fozia

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    Thank you.  Back to  the gp then and I will try adult social srrvices.  I can't believe gps or hospitals don't tell you where you can get help.  Seems a bit strange.

     

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      Hi

      These doctors after a while just brush you off they don't have care and compassion anymore unless they have a family member that is going through a similar situation and they are trying to deal with it. I found the bits about occupational therapists and adult social services from my housing officer. Even my solicitor is trying to take a back seat (oh my problems were created by a rear stunted RTA drivers these days) although my symptoms are not as bad as yours give it another 6 months and I won't be able to drive or walk sit at the rate things are going

      Fozia

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    Oh my......I'm so sorry to hear that fozia.  I'm ever the optimism and count my blessings that I have been fortunate enough to have people's help but this isn't like measles where you have a time period when you know you will be recovered and there is only so long you can rely on the goodwill of others before you end up wearing them out!

    thank you for all the replies. I will get on to everything in the morning.  Nothing ventured as they say.  I will let you know how I get on smile

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    Hi everyone,

    Quick update.  I spoke to the PIP people today and they asked me to get three quotes for taxi fares and a letter from my gp.  I then had a call from work to say they had been in contact.  Wow, how quick and easy was that.

    Next call was to Adult Social Services and spoke to a man who asked loads of questions but did it with humour and discovering what I couldn't do without help or my little adaptions made both him and me laugh.  He says I will hear from them during the week so they can figure out the best way to help me.

    feeling more positive today so thanks to everyone.  I will let you know what happens next!

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